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Supervisory Attorney-Advisor

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Federal Railroad Administration Washington , DC 20001

Posted 2 months ago



As a Supervisory Attorney-Advisor, you will serve as a Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel for the Program Legal Services Branch of the General Law Division, in the FRA Office of Chief Counsel. The Program Legal Services Branch provides legal support in connection with all of the FRAs financial assistance programs, ensures compliance with environmental and historic preservation laws, and provides legal guidance on the FRAs broad legal and financial interests in Amtrak, among other matters.


As a Supervisory Attorney-Advisor, you will:
Exercise general supervision over preparation of necessary action on matters requiring the personal attention of the Assistant Chief Counsel and fully and promptly inform the Assistant Chief Counsel as appropriate.
Represent FRA at meetings with congressional, other federal and state government officials, and members of the public. Speak and act for the Assistant Chief Counsel on sensitive legal matters that require delicate handling with members of Congress, Congressional committees, other Departmental, federal, and state officials, and members of the public.
Oversee legal support of FRAs financial assistance programs, including establishing deadlines and timetables for completion of work by staff and providing guidance to staff on particular assignments, as needed.
Oversee legal support of FRAs compliance with environmental and historic preservation laws and regulations, including establishing deadlines and timetables for completion of work by staff and providing guidance to staff on particular assignments, as needed.
Oversee legal support in connection with FRAs broad legal and financial interests in Amtrak, including establishing deadlines and timetables for completion of work by staff and providing guidance to staff on particular assignments, as needed.
Advise the Assistant Chief Counsel on the development of financial assistance, environmental and historic preservation, project delivery, and intercity passenger rail-related legislation for the Department. Analyze pending bills, draft proposed legislation for inclusion in the Departments legislative program, and prepare briefing materials and testimony for FRA officials who testify before Congress on non-safety rail issues. Advise the Administrator and other senior FRA officials, the Office of the General Counsel, and the Office of the Secretary on legislative matters.
Supervise branch attorneys in developing and preparing rail regulations for the Department.
Support the Assistant Chief Counsel in other discrete elements of work of the General Law Division.
The Ideal Candidate should have knowledge of and experience in a wide range of legal practice areas affecting the transportation industry and the Department of Transportation, including specifically: financial assistance programs, including grants; and environmental and historic preservation laws, regulations, and guidance. New supervisors must complete a 1-year probationary period.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some travel required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment

You must be a U.S. Citizen and eligible for consideration.
Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date
This is an Excepted Service position.

SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.
SUPERVISORY PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year supervisory probationary period (unless already completed).
TWO YEAR TRIAL PERIOD: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures for an excepted service position are subject to a two-year trial period.


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENT for the series, provide a copy of transcripts for verification, meet CURRENT MEMBER OF THE BAR REQUIREMENT and meet the EXPERIENCE in one or more of the following legal practices and program areas: Financial Assistance Law; and Environmental and Historic Preservation Law.

Qualification standards are used to determine which applicants would be able to perform satisfactorily in the position to be filled. The education, training, experience, or other requirements included in the qualification standards are minimum requirements, i.e., it would be unlikely that an applicant for employment would be able to perform satisfactorily in a particular position or occupation series if he or she did not possess these qualifications.

MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: In order to qualify for this position, candidates must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have a professional law degree (J.D. or equivalent), and must currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a State or Territory of the United States or the District of Columbia.

TO QUALIFY FOR THE GS-15, On Experience, you must have: One year of specialized professional law experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in federal service and which is related to the work of this position.

The principal selection factors for this position are as follows:


Manage or lead, and work with a large, full-service legal organization engaged in legal practice and programs with a specific focus on Transportation Law.
Experience in two or more of the following legal practices and program areas: Financial Assistance Law; Environmental and Historic Preservation Law; Transportation Law, and General Administrative Law.
Supervise or lead, and work with a diverse, senior, geographically dispersed client base on a diverse range of transportation law matters.
Communicate orally and in writing.
Experience with client relationships, and interacting with senior officials on controversial and sensitive issues.
Interpret legal questions and resolve factual issues in compliance with laws, regulations, and policies affecting transportation activities.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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Additional information

Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review .

The Department of Transportation (DOT) maintains a model federal work environment that is free of discrimination. DOT ensures equal employment opportunity for employees and applicants for employment, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, or protected activity.

This vacancy may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days for this location.
Copy of law school record transcript must be submitted. An unofficial transcript is acceptable for inclusion with your application; however, an official transcript must be provided if selected.
Evidence of bar membership must be submitted if selected.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
For this announcement, all applicants will be reviewed to determine if they meet the basic qualifications for this position, specifically the educational and specialized experience requirements. Applicants will not be rated or ranked. All applications that are verified to meet the basic qualifications will be referred to the selecting official.
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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required


Required Documents

ALL Applicants must provide a resume that fully supports the required specialized experience and was created within USA Jobs Resume Builder and respond to the vacancy questions by the closing date of the vacancy.

The following is a list of documents that are only required based on the type of position and consideration for which you are applying.

TRANSCRIPTS - Transcripts are REQUIRED if there is a stated education requirement for the series OR if you are substituting education for experience. The transcripts need not be official, but must show that you meet the stated education requirements, including specific major or class requirements.

Copy of law school record transcript. An unofficial transcript is acceptable; however, an official transcript must be provided prior to appointment.

BAR MEMBERSHIP: Copy of other evidence of bar membership if applicable.
COVER LETTER: Cover letter describing your background and interest in this position

PERFORMANCE APPRAISALS/INCENTIVE AWARDS: If applicable, performance appraisals and/or Incentive award documentation may be submitted and will be forwarded to the selecting official as support in consideration of your application in the evaluation process. To receive due weight, you must submit a recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable (do not submit a performance plan) and/or incentive award documentation dated within the last 18 months (i.e. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increases, etc.).

VETERANS: Your last DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, that shows the type of discharge and all dates of active duty is required to verify your eligibility. It need not be official.
If you are applying to a vacancy opened to all US Citizens under category rating and wish to be considered as a preference eligible, you need to submit a copy of your DD214.
If you are claiming preference eligibility as a disabled veteran, you must submit proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally a valid letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. An SF-15 is desired, but not required.
If you are applying to a vacancy opened Status and you are requesting consideration under Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), you need to provide a copy of your last DD214, which verifies your military service dates, reason for separation, OR certification of separation that shows a discharge date within 120 days of the closing of this announcement, and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.STATUS APPLICANTS: If seeking eligibility consideration as status/agency/DOT employee, you must provide proof of eligibility in the form of an SF-50. Your SF-50 must verify the highest grade held competitively, full performance level of position, and eligibility as a status applicant. Please do not submit an Award SF-50, as these are often incomplete and do not verify grade or status eligibility.

NON COMPETITIVE APPLICANTS: If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility, you must provide the appropriate SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS, such as PCS orders (military spouse) describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability (schedule A), etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments.

DISPLACED EMPLOYEES: If requesting consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency CTAP program (ICTAP), you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85 or falling in the Gold Category) and provide all of the following documents:

your most recent performance appraisal,
the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and
your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.
Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position. Please review your application prior to final submission and ensure you have submitted all appropriate documents. Uploading documents to USAJobs does NOT ensure inclusion with your application to our system. You must verify that the documents are in the system with your application prior to final submission.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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Federal Railroad Administration